Colton Herta will expand his driving horizons a bit with confirmation Thursday he’ll have his maiden test in an FIA Formula E Championship car. He’ll run at the Marrakesh, Morocco rookie test in January.
Herta completed his first season with Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires series this year, and is poised to continue for a second year in 2018.
The full release is below.
Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing Indy Lights driver Colton Herta will make his Formula E debut with MS&AD Andretti at the upcoming rookie test in Marrakesh, Morocco on January 14. The second-generation racer will test on the Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan, one day following the 2018 Marrakesh E-Prix.
“I was super excited when I got the call and I can’t thank MS&AD Andretti Formula E enough for the opportunity,” said Herta. “It’s the best Christmas present I could’ve gotten.”
Herta is coming off a successful rookie campaign in Indy Lights, where he won races in St. Petersburg and Barber Motorsports Park, and captured seven poles and seven podiums on his way to a third-place finish in the 2017 championship.
“I think Colton was very impressive in his rookie season of Indy Lights and he hasn’t even turned 18 yet,” said Andretti Formula E CEO Michael Andretti. “We are very excited to see what he can do in our Formula E car. He is one of the future stars in open-wheel racing and can be a real asset at the rookie test in Marrakesh.”
Herta will test in the MS&AD Andretti Formula E ATEC-03 cars, helping the Andretti Formula E team to continue to develop its Season 4 race car.
The MS&AD Andretti team will return to the track for Round Three of the FIA Formula E Championship in Marrakesh on January 13 with full-season drivers António Félix da Costa and Tom Blomqvist. Follow along with MS&AD Andretti at the Marrakesh E-Prix, Herta’s rookie test and the rest of the season via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at with @MSADAndrettiFE.